Getting Around Caribbean and Central America

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    Rent a car

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 25, 2005

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    If you have the time, rent a car or depending on the island you may want to hire a driver. Locals can be a little crazy behind the wheel so if that is the case, hire a drive so some one just as crazy is behind the wheel and if you get in an accident it's the drivers insurance not your problem! This also frees up your time to do what? That's right take more pictures!

    Rent a car
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    Cruise Ship With Unbelievable Benefits

    by deecat Updated May 1, 2005

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    The Horizon is a 46,000-ton ship which entered service in 1990. It holds 1,354 passengers, and that is why I selected it. It is not huge, and, for a first cruise, I preferred a more intimate atmosphere.

    It was a wise choice because the minute we stepped aboard, we immediately felt the warm, welcoming staff and saw the spotlessly clean vessel. Horizon is a refreshingly smaller and more homey ship with a level of gracious service that would be impossible to find on a ship that carried a thousand or so more passengers.

    The decor is tasteful, cabins are spacious, well designed, and comfortable. The entertainment is (the critics say) "well above the norm". The service is truly noteworthy: small, bite-size delicacies on silver trays offered by white-gloved staff in public rooms at midnight; excellent coffee replenished without asking, bed turned down each night with delicious truffles at the bedside tables, and personalized room service at any time you ask for it.

    It offers an expanded health club and spa/salon, in-cabin dining from the dinner menu for all passengers, in-cabin massages, chic Martini bar, and dinner is leisurely and gracious.

    The lobby is a Mediterranean-accented boulevard with peach walls and warm marble. The Palladium Show Lounge, where evening floor shows are held, is huge with excellent viewing. The America's Cup Club is perfect for daytime viewing and for evening entertainment.

    There is Michael's, a cigar lounge for after-dinner relaxing. In addition, there is a new library and card room as well as the Martini Bar which is a small room with a sophisticated New York art deco decor. For dancing there is the Rendezvous.

    Furthermore, there are nice shops aboard the ship who have excellent sales toward the end of the cruise!

    Celebrity's Horizon
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    Norweigan Sea

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 17, 2005

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    One of our favorite parts of the Carribbean is our floating hotel room. Taking a cruise ship allows you to visit many different locations in a short period of time. Its always nice to preview places you are interested in going to... which saves you from wasting an entire vacation in locations that may not interest you!

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    Norweigan Sea

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 17, 2005

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    One of our favorite parts of the Carribbean is our floating hotel room. Taking a cruise ship allows you to visit many different locations in a short period of time. Its always nice to preview places you are interested in going to... which saves you from wasting an entire vacation in locations that may not interest you!

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    A long day to Tulum--THE BUS

    by VeronicaG Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    After taking an easy 45 minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen, we walked several blocks to board the Autotur Bus. As we boarded, a box lunch was given to each one of us to eat on the trip. As we began our trek to Tulum, our knowledgeable guide filled our heads with pertinent information on the Mayan culture and their religious center.

    We had to rise early that morning, so a few of us faded on the last leg of the trip--a 75 minute bus ride. A convenience stop was made half way to our destination, which allowed us to refresh ourselves and grab a bottle of water or cola.

    The remaining miles of our trip was a relaxing one in the cool interior of the bus, viewing the countryside passing by our windows.

    FYI: Autotur is one of two large bus companies in this area. For more information see phone number below.

    Our guide, Jose
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    Ferry to Cozumel

    by VeronicaG Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    Before we began our journey to Tulum, we had to take a 45 minute ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen. Although we were cautioned the seas could be rough, the ride was smooth and the seats arranged theatre style were comfy. A large screen showed scenes of Cozumel as we motored to its shores.

    Photos were taken of each group as we boarded the ferry, which were presented later for sale on our return trip. $5 t-shirts with COZUMEL emblazoned across them were hawked aboard. We bought one for my husband that he's been wearing when he goes swimming.

    FYI: Ferry tickets cost about $10 each from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.

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    Tour the Island by Van

    by VeronicaG Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    A small group of us traveled to Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica by air-conditioned van. It was a very comfortable two hour ride each way. Our guide, Berella, kept us amused with her easy banter and corny jokes.

    You can schedule a van tour from Montego Bay to Dunn's River Falls for $52 for adults and $42 for children under 12. It's worth the cost to spare yourself the long drive each way...let someone else do the driving while you just relax and enjoy the scenery.

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    Windjammer Barefoot Cruise

    by doktorbombay Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    We did a 7 day barefoot cruise with 16 other friends on the SV Manadaly. Our itinerary took us from St. Lucia down through the Grenadines to Grenada. What a great venue for a group like that. The smallness of the boat - only 40 passengers total on our cruise made this feel like it was our own personal boat. Shore excursions were reasonably priced. Food was good, not great, buffet style. My favorite was the warm, freshly baked, chocolate chip cookies served at 10pm each evening. You can help set the sails, it's not required. But it is fun to do.

    Anchored at Port Elizabeth, Bequia, the Grenadines Setting the sails early in the morning. Outside a topside cabin Sitting out on the spritz, SV Mandalay Docked, St. George's, Grenada
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    If you've got the guts, fly...

    by steph4867 Updated Apr 11, 2003

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    If you've got the guts, fly in... but be warned, the runway is VERY short and ends in the water.
    The best way to get around St. Barth's is to rent a jeep and bounce around the island, especially from the west coast to the east coast across the mountains. Be sure to stop at the top of the hill and heed the traffic, you might get clipped by an approaching airplane landing on the island's less than 1 mile of runway.

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    In 1800, The Northern...

    by AnitaJRT Written Aug 26, 2002

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    In 1800, The Northern Lighthouse Board began operating and servicing the lighthouses along the rugged coast of England and Scotland. The first flagship of the
    service fleet was named "Pharos" after the ancient lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Since that time each new
    flagship designed and built for the Northern Lighthouse Board has been named "Pharos".

    The seventh Pharos came off the ways of the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Dundee, Scotland as Hull # 507. Pharos (7) was launched
    and commissioned in 1955. She was constructed not only as a working ship, but with facilities, fixtures and appointments designed to serve as a back-up for the
    British Royal Yacht, Britannia.

    During the next thirty years she performed her tender duties with honor, and on a number of occasions she hosted the Queen and
    other members of the Royal Family.

    In 1988 she was acquired by Windjammer Barefoot Cruises and re-registered as "Amazing Grace". Today she carries
    passengers and cargo on a four week, Thirty-three hundred nautical mile trip from Freeport, Grand Bahama to Port of Spain, Trinidad and return.

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    I arrived from Mexico by bus,...

    by pollon Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I arrived from Mexico by bus, 4 pesos for the trip from Ciudad Chetumal on the border with the Northern Transport Ltd.
    and to leave towards the island of Caye Caulker I would advice Tropic Air, in the travelogue...

    if you need a taxi, ask Junior ;-)...

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    by mar112 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Most vacation packages have transfers to & from airport to resort in some type of van or bus.
    We shopped around the resort & inquired about renting a jeep or motorcycle. We got both. Just a bit of a hint is that there seems to be no road-rules what so ever. Anything goes. The main means of transportation for the locals are these tiny beat up scooters and they will travel w/o helmets & 3 people on a scooter. There is no real speed limit but most of the scooters cant go that fast. If you do venture out, just be cautious until you get a feel of how the road systems go. Cars, scooters & motorcycles will go in every directions & they have to pass you! We rented a Yamaha 125 which was new & very good condition & had a blast driving it around going to the other beaches. We even raced a local & ended up chatting with him about everything (he could not have been more than 14 yrs old!). Have fun, but be careful! We found really nice spots.

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    The best way to travel to...

    by silvia-m.b Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The best way to travel to Central America is by air or sea. By air could be with the company of each country. By sea, with a cruise that stop in some of the most important harbours. Good idea to visit the Caribbean.
    With bus always crowded of people without doubt! Bicycle more vital air... Train, timetables not always are so punctual like in London... Take it easy! Motorbyke, yeah! No so tired like bike...

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    Come to Panama by Plane or by...

    by TamirB Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Come to Panama by Plane or by car from Costa Rica, but please, DONT try to cross the Darien Gap from Colombia, please don't !!!
    If you have at least 80 years of car driving, and driven in 166 countries, you might get around easy with a rental car...!!!
    Just kidding, streets are sometimes confusing and sometimes signs are complicated to understand and sometimes are no existent...

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    Two airports . Long distance...

    by bianchis Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Two airports . Long distance flights land at Hewanorra International Airport in the south 45 mins. from Castries. Flights from other parts of the Caribbean usually land at Virgie Airport in the northeast just outside of Castries. You will probably need to change planes to get to St. Lucia. I flew from Zürich Switzerland to Frankfurt with Lufthansa and joined Condor which flew directly to St. Lucia.
    Renting a car is OK if you can cope with the wild drivers who are bent on getting to where they are going at breakneck speeds and overtaking at dangerous bends. Otherwise there are endless amounts of taxis and minibuses waiting at all the hotels or tourist points. The drivers are experience as they have to cope with the narrow, hilly, switchback roads outside Castries. Most day tours of the island cost US$120 per carload.

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